Everyone who walks in through the casino doors hopes for a jackpot. However, fortune favors only those who are smart and shrewd enough to claim it. Admit it, we all want to get super rich super-fast. Even the most honest of gamblers must have wondered about hacking an online casino. A word of caution though, hacking a live casino is illegal. If you would like to know how to win the bonuses and free spin, hunting for promo offers would be the safer option!
Moreover, hacking a casino is not as easy as it looks in the movies. The casinos are heavily guarded and always under the eye of a surveillance camera. Tech-savvy players and coders can even infiltrate the gambling software only once they get past all the security and firewall protection.
All said and done, hacking into a casino is not unheard of. There are plenty of stories where people have managed to beat the house for millions! However, for all their meticulous planning, most of the cheaters do get caught eventually. Here are some of the most successful casino hacking stories:
FIN10 Hijacking Canadian Casinos
Cybersecurity of casinos in Canada was under serious threat of being hacked by a group called FN10. A team of hackers spent over three years, trying to find a way into the core systems of major Canadian casinos and betting platforms. Once successful they would infiltrate the sensitive files and steal information, holding the victim casino ransom for 100 and 500 Bitcoins — about $35,000 to $170,000 CAD. They collected crucial data such as bank records, customer information, corporate records and personal communication details from Canadian casinos. According to FireEye, a cyber-security group, the FN10 was operative in as early as 2013 and was only discovered in 2016. The hackers are yet to be identified.
The Fish Tank Fiasco
Online casinos and live betting platforms are no longer safe from the eagle eyes of the hackers. They just need an outlet, one loose spot and they squirm their way in and steal vital information. In this case, a team used a fish tank to hack into the casinos of North America. The high-tech fish tank was equipped with internet connectivity and could be controlled via a remote. Hackers could transfer about 10GB data from the casino companies in minutes. The scam was eventually detected under the company’s software routine check-up. The entire fiasco was planned very cleverly using only the standard protocols used for streaming audio-visual content. Now, that’s innovative!
Mathematician Turned Hacker
A Russian mathematician Alex tried his hand at casino hacking. Tired of his monotonous and exhausting business, this programmer decided to con a casino. He developed a program that could get into the RNG or random number generator of the casino slots and retrieve the complicated algorithms of numbers. His business venture then started engineering reverse algorithms pseudorandom number generators, or PRNGs. These codes could monitor the happenings of the slot machines, hence predicting the outcomes. With the PRNGs, Alex could now decipher which casino or slot would win and invest his money there. He recruited a team of agents who would roam around the casinos from Poland to Peru and play only at the slots that Alex had “figured out.” A 4-member group can make more than $25,000 per week using Alex’s hack.
The Roulette Scam
The Roulette Scam involves a New York crime ring that invaded casinos in Ohio sometime in 2012. The group, consisting of 50-70 members, had its people spread out across different casinos across America; the Casino Control Authorities eventually discovered them. Each player would bet a small nominal amount initially, pocketing specific colored chips as another would distract the dealer. The player would then pass the chips on to another person who would take his place in the game. The second member would hit another table and cash in on the high-value chips and boost his earnings. The group made around $1000-$2000 per scam and were caught in four different cities in Ohio.
The 60-Seconds ATM Scam
Casino scams don’t usually take place on the betting tables; sometimes all one needs is a debit card. In 2014, a group of 14 people was charged with the theft of $1 million from Citibank via the casinos in Nevada and California. The hackers found a gateway, a gap in the kiosks security for about 60-seconds only via which they could make multiple withdrawals. The leader of the conspiracy, Ara Keshishyan recruited a team to visit the casinos in California and open various Citibank accounts. In that one-minute gap, the hackers could withdraw ten times the amount on their accounts. However, they were careful enough to limit the withdrawals under $10,000 to keep suspicions at bay. Talk about cashing in on opportunities!
The Roselli Brothers
A team of hackers who called themselves the Roselli Brothers managed to make over $37 million from casinos in New Jersey, Nevada, and Puerto Rico without having to spend a dime. They first infiltrated the casino software and obtained the details of people with excellent credit records. The brothers then opened various accounts in their names and deposited about $50,000. This scam spanned about five years from 1995 to 2000 where they successfully managed to dupe gaming officials into believing that they were losing. In reality, the associates won massive profits and paid off all the outstanding parties boosting their credit line by millions!
The Bottom Line
As long as gambling has existed, there have always been players who would strive to beat it. Only some are noble enough to tread the road never taken. They honestly place their bets without breaking the rules. Most shortcut approaches, however, culminate into one big scam. Raiding casinos is the fastest, easiest way to earn some big bucks, theoretically. However, there is always the fear of getting caught, and catch you they will. The modern-day security measures are pretty reliable in protecting the casinos from any “shady business” and infiltration.